Travel Tips for Diabetics

Traveling with Diabetes 11 tips to make it easy for you

(DGIwire) –Planning ahead when you travel is always a smart move to reduce stress. If you are diabetic or traveling with one, planning becomes extra important. These 5 diabetes travel tips are easy and may prove crucial to not only your diabetic management, but to a more enjoyable—whether an outing for the day or a much longer journey. Each of these are particularly important if your plans include traveling abroad.

1) Book a pre-travel check-up with your doctor. Make sure your blood sugar levels; your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels are all within a reasonable range.

2) Buy and wear a diabetes medical ID bracelet—maybe even two. Ideally, one should be in English and the other should be in the language spoken in the country you’re visiting. Not everyone speaks your language and you certainly don’t want medical problems as a result of language misunderstandings.

3) Keep your medication and glucose snacks in your hand-held luggage. Check-in baggage can get lost and in the event of a blood sugar dip—snacks in steerage won’t help. Don’t risk losing or being without your diabetes medication by packing it in your checked luggage.

4) Keep your medication in its original box, complete with pharmacy labels. This will prevent misunderstandings about why you are carrying drugs and, if you are also carrying insulin and syringes.

5) Be aware of time zone changes, especially when altering your watch. Remember when you travel east your day becomes shorter; if you travel west your day becomes longer. You may need to alter the timings of your medication.

“Traveling need not be traumatic. A sensible attitude and a bit of pre-travel planning can make things go far more smoothly,” say Dian Griesel, Ph.D and Tom Griesel, long recognized health experts who are co-authors of the health and wellness book TurboCharged.

“Plan, monitor, watch your food choices and most of all…enjoy your trip!” Tom concludes.